Sewvember Servicing!

17 Nov

It was a busy day with servicing, sewing, fabrics to buy, a demonstration and 2 members “Show and Tell Sessions.”

It’s long past time and we’ve had our machines serviced and PAT tested at last. Mark Pickles came to do the servicing and brought some lovely fabric from Sewing Studio Bath. He also told us that if we go to the Makower website and follow the links to Free Projects there are some free pattern downloads so I have put the link here for you.

There are also free patterns on the Moda website so I’ve included this link too.

Caroline showed many of her beautiful quilts including her stunning Millefiore quilt.

Pat makes many quilts as gifts for her lucky friends!

It’s lovely to see all this talent in the group. Things have changed and we’ve realised that we have a lot of skills to share amongst our own members.

The next meeting will be our Christmas get together!

Autumn Antics and Action!

17 Nov

Our October meeting was a very busy one with Julia getting us all involved. Not only did we have a double Show and Tell from Jane and Val, there was an exciting Anne Hellyer, “Set the Town Alight,” workshop and a group of members were busy making light up houses.

Myra has been very busy again making baby quilts for the unit at the University Hospital of Wales this time.

Val’s lovely selection of work vintage and new.

Val’s work.

Jane’s eclectic selection of work including some pieces that fit in with the Halloween theme this month.

Jane’s work.

From Vintage to Welsh quilting and witches, what an amazing collection of work!

Then on to the the Anne Hellyer workshop in the room next door, “Set the Town Alight” and it certainly did. Lovely little houses with their own lights. So joyful!

A lovely busy day!

September sign up!

17 Nov

We came back after the Summer break with a new programme and new ideas from our committee. What a lovely start to the quilting year with some much needed inspiration from quilting friends. Some members are already full of ideas for projects and sharing this with charity projects.

Myra has been extremely busy making Beads of Courage Bags for children receiving treatment for Cancer and she has also made small Quilts for premature baby units in the area. What a star! This time it was Betty’s turn to take the baby quilts to her local hospital.

Member Gayney was very busy making Snowman bunting! It is just delightful.

Then we were treated to a members Show and Tell by Jeanie. We are very lucky to have people in our group with this kind of skill. Inspirational!

This was a gorgeous display of different techniques and much enjoyed by all. It is fabulous to be back together and enjoying the company of like minded people.

Summer AGM 2021

7 Sep

It was a different AGM from usual but we still managed to do a lot of the usual things.

How good it was to get together, enjoy lots of chatting and see lots of familiar faces.

Julia very kindly gave us a talk on her quilts through the years and aren’t they beautiful?

Members have been very busy creating a huge variety of different things as usual and much sharing of ideas with show and tell happening too!

Myra has excelled herself making baby quilts for Keris to pass on to her daughter in law at the Neonatal Unit in the Heath hospital. Well done Myra!

It was a very satisfactory day and enjoyed by all.

Hope to see more of you at the September meeting.

GQ Returns!

29 Jun

We managed a face to face meeting in June 2021 for the first time in months and it was sooo good to see everyone. Lets hope it’s the start of many more!

In the afternoon we had a Zoom talk by Katharine Guerrier on her Mini Quilts.

Follow the link to view some more of her work;

One of Katharine’s Mini Quilt

You have all been very busy creating and you have sent me some lovely pictures of things you’ve been working on so here they are.

Heulwen made this gorgeous quilt in blues and cream.
Julia made these tiny improv houses from the Jo Avery zoom workshop.
Elaine made this gorgeous quilt for her grand daughter featuring unicorns.
Some of us did a Zoom workshop with Julie of Juberry Fabrics.

The AGM will take place in Ystradowen Hall on Saturday 10th July 2021. Julia will be in touch with a Newsletter and we hope to see some of you there. Keep sending me photos of your lovely work please. Corinne

Careful meetings!

6 Jan

Well we managed two very careful, socially distanced meetings at the end of 2020 in November and December. It will be a while before we able to get together again and hopefully the vaccine will help us to have some small gatherings in the late spring and summer of 2021. Here are some photos from the meetings.

November 2020

Kath’s Bargello that kept growing!

Socially distanced chatting.

Heulwen’s amazing Quilt.

December 2020

Our festive robins looked wonderful and such fun to have something to share! Thank you Kath and Chris for putting the kits together and to Helen for the pattern.

Jayne made these two different Dracula quilts. Very clever and effective.

Working from home has been a very productive time for our members and I’m sure these are just a small collection!

Pat has been very busy working on this gorgeous baby quilt.

Julia has finished a huge pile of quilts and included knitting!

Glynis has been on a production line too with some lovely quilting by Julie of Juberry Fabrics.

Jeannie has been on a quilting marathon too.

What a pleasure it is to see all this amazing work and to be part of this group. Let’s hope it’s not too long now before we can get together. Looking forward to the Jo Avery Zoom workshop on Saturday but I can’t wait to meet our first speaker when this is all behind us.

Socially Distanced Meeting!

30 Sep

At last we managed to get together. It was very different and maybe the last time we can meet up again for a while!

I spite of this it was just so good to be together. Everyone was happy to be there with all the changes in place to keep us safe.

Keris received a certificate for Glamorgan Quilters from “Beads of Courage” (bead bags for sick children) and she was thrilled with the response from you. Huge thanks to everyone for all the effort you put into making them. They were gorgeous!

Well there has been some sewing happening behind closed doors so here are some of the things people have sent for a Photo Show and Tell.

Jan has been busy sewing in her garden whilst the good weather was here. She made 2 table runners, a bag from a kit and a jelly roll quilt.

Glynis made this quilt for her son’s wedding. All the guests signed a square then Glynis made them into this beautiful keepsake quilt.

Glynis also made this gorgeous blue and white houses quilt and the scrappy hexagons. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with scraps? She’s been so busy during lockdown.

We seem to have a lovely fresh blue and white theme going on. Pat Hixon has also been busy making this stunning quilt, Indigo Spin. It’s been enhanced by the quilting that Frances Meredith, long arm quilter carried out. Pat says the curves were tricky at first but lockdown came along and hey presto, suddenly it was a doddle!

Kath has been busy making this quilt as you go bed runner. She says it grew and grew like Topsy!

Last but not least Pat made this lovely baby quilt for her friend’s grandchild. It’s our friends who keep us going in times like these. Keep quilting everyone and stay safe!

Busy Hands….

8 Jun

Many of us are keeping our hands busy and minds calm with sewing through this strange difficult time. It’s going to be a while before we can all meet up but this is what links us together when we can’t physically be together. How lucky are we to be busy and productive and able to share moments of happiness with our quilting?

Julia has been very busy and productive making 3 sets of scrubs for daughter Mel, 2 scrubs bags and more masks, plus two quilts from 15 + years ago, another 18 months and she might have finished all her UFO’S!

Pat has also been very busy clearing out, so hasn’t got much wool left after doing a crochet blanket and a ground mat for a play tent she’s making for her granddaughter, it looks a bit like a target.  The quilt is her first scrappy quilt all made from scraps and partly using Fat quarters. It all turned out better than she expected and looks brilliant.

Heulwen has been busy making her “Pandemic Quilt”, a mystery quilt by Edyta Sitar that was on YouTube in April.  She say’s it was a very enjoyable quilt to do, and very good for using up fabric. It’s a stunner too!

Penny has been busy making Beads of Courage Bags for Keris to send on to University Hospital Wales. These are a few samples of the 30 bags she has finished. She has also made more Luna Lapin rabbits and these are the ones she has finished dressing, just gorgeous!

Keris has been busy making her son and daughter in law a cushion for their wedding anniversary with blocks taken from Susan Briscoe’s book “Japanese Taupe Quilt Blocks”. What great colour choices!

Corinne is still working on these small embroideries which will eventually be a small quilt/wall hanging! Stay safe and positive everyone and keep sending your photos, we love to see them!

Makers and Mindfulness!

20 Apr

I hope you are all keeping busy and finding new projects to start and UFO’s to finish. Wherever we are we can share things until we can physically meet up again.

Julia has been busy putting together quilts and quilting them ready for the raffle. The scrap quilt made in a day at the February meeting and blocks for a nine square which were a donation from Betty.

Keris has finished a cushion for her grandaughter. They play “Pooh Sticks” together on journey from school.

Elaine Keris and Corinne have been working on a sampler quilt Block of the Month from Today’s Quilter Magazine designed by Carolyn Forster. It has taken over a year but here they are. Tops finished and ready to be quilted.

Jan has been busy making fabric storage boxes for her craft room.

Elaine and Truda have been working on the Beads of Courage bags to support children going through Cancer treatment. The programme is currently in more than 110 hospitals around the UK, bringing strength and support to more than 5000 children and their families, as they face childhood cancer. BOC provides a physical journal for a child going through treatment, and gives the child a voice and understanding, helping them articulate to others the journey they are taking.

Keris gives the bags to a local nurse who is working with the children undergoing treatment.

Pat has finished 2 Luna Lapin rabbits after the workshop run by Chris Morfett. Any of the books, resources and kits can be bought from Cool Crafting by clicking the blue link above.

Corinne’s first Rabbit turned out to be Alfie and he now has a sister Luna, still waiting for her dress!

Corinne has been busy finishing a Seasons Quilt first started in 2014 in a class run by Ros Jones. The tiny embroideries were a sticking point but with some practice and encouragement from friends, here it is. It’s being quilted mostly by hand, which is very therapeutic in these difficult times.

This is a tiny 6×6 inch free embroidery design by Natalie Bird from The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs . Natalie was inspired to set this up and the patterns, from 16 Australian designers, free on Facebook are, “Love and Hugs from Australia”. There are 16 days of patterns to download from some amazing designers. They are all given freely to inspire us through the Covid -19 crisis. Needless to say I am still lingering on the second one and many of the 10,000+ followers are at the end but there is no pressure to finish them. We have the time. This is the first..

Keep sending your photos everyone and stay safe. Thinking of you all!

Always surprising!

17 Mar

This month we were busy again with a workshop, Bath Sewing Studio, a tombola and a surprising number of members in attendance. The next 2 meetings and workshops, April and May, have been cancelled and further meetings will be reviewed as we go along. The workshops will be re- introduced as things get back to normal and time allows.

Mark Pickles from Bath Sewing Studio came to visit and service machines. He brought a wonderful choice of fabrics to keep us busy during our time at home and such good value too. Looking at the positive side of this Covid-19 isolation, we are expecting a huge selection of finished works of art in the “Show and Tell” session at our first meeting back! So come on ladies, lets work on our UFO’s!

Here are 3 beautiful examples for the Tenovus raffle.

Truda, Jeannie, Heulwen, Pam, Gill and Wendy have already been working hard to finish things! Well done all.

Last but not least our Luna Lapin workshop with Chris was excellent. We had great fun and I’m hoping to see lots of finished bunnies at our next meeting. Many thanks for sharing your expertise Chris!

Take care everyone and keep sewing!